Six Survivor cast members “will share in” Darfur suffering by fasting for three days

Five former Survivor cast members–Palau’s Coby Archa, Kimberly Mullen, and Janu Tornell; Vanuatu’s Scout Cloud Lee; and Australia’s Michael Skupin–will fast for the next three days, drinking only water in solidarity as part of the Darfur Fast for Life campaign. (A sixth, Paula’s Wanda Shirk, is fasting and blogging along with the five but isn’t mentioned in a press release.)

They announced in a press release–disingenuously titled “Cast of Survivor Announces…,” as if they somehow represent the hundreds of people who’ve appeared on the show over 18 seasons–that what they went through on the show “pales in comparison to the survivors in Darfur who have been systematically hunted, terrorized and driven from their homes and villages orchestrated by the Sudanese government through rebel army attacks and aerial bombings,” and say that as a result, they will “come together as a group to begin a water-only fast and to let the people of Darfur to know they are not forgotten. We see their suffering and we will share in it, if even in a small way, taking up the baton from Mia Farrow, Sir Richard Branson and many others around the world.”

From what little I know, the situation in Darfur is horrific and demands international action, but this three-day (Just three? How about 39?) water fast strikes me as a “look-at-me, aren’t I compassionate” reason to issue a press release that includes detailed bios about the five, including their current relationship status. How about doing something that might actually help people in Darfur?

Then again, maybe attention will help, and they certainly got mine.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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